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Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Upcoming Professional Learning

 

Past Professional Learning

Upcoming Professional Learning

Upcoming LDA Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Cancellation Policy: LDA has a ‘no refund’ policy. The exception would be if the event had to be cancelled.
Registration can be transferred from one staff member to another if required. Please advise LDA of any changes

DYSCALCULIA - Helping Students Develop Mathematical Understandings - Dr Judi Humbestone

Date:          Saturday 19 May 2018
Time:         9.30 – 1.00 Registration from 9.00am
Venue:       Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville, Melbourne

Dr Judi Humberstone, Senior Lecturer and Psychologist, Number Cognition Lab at University of Melbourne, is a trained mathematics teacher who has taught in Australia and the UK for over 30 years. Motivated by the number of students reporting a dislike for maths and the significant impact a lack of maths ability has on the self-esteem of affected individuals, Judi retrained as a clinical psychologist. Judi’s current research aims to answer the question: “How do children acquire mathematical understanding?” In association with colleagues, Judi’s research addresses:

• The relationships between the development of mathematical concepts and general cognitive abilities across the primary-school years
• Individual differences in the development of primary-school aged children's arithmetic competence
• Individual differences in students’ acquisition of algebraic ability
• The use of interactive assessment to evaluate children's mathematical learning potential in rational number and algebra. 

Cost:  LDA Member $60
Non Member $75

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Consultant Members’ Practice -Share what we do and how we do it.
Presented by
Consultant Committee Victoria

Date: Saturday 19th May 2018
Time: 1.15pm to 4.00pm (fllowing the Dyscalculia PD)
Venue: The Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville

Come together with Consultant Members for an afternoon of information, sharing and networking with colleagues. We also welcome prospective members of our Specialist Teacher Consultant Team. If you are thinking about joining, don’t miss this opportunity!

Cost: $20.00 per person (light lunch included)

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Developing Sentence Complexity in Written Expression

16 June 2018, Melbourne – presented by Jenny Baker
Jenny has extensive experience the assessment and intervention of written language.This full day workshop will teach the functional role of grammar within written narrative and persuasive texts, including strategies for explaining punctuation.

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 Other Conferences and Research Seminars

This section provides a listing of non-LDA Conferences. Research Seminars and other professional learning opportunities of relevance to the area of learning difficulties. All external events are publicised at LDA's discretion, but LDA accepts no responsibility for their value or the evidence base of what may be promoted.

The Learning Difference Convention

Understanding learning differences

Melbourne - Saturday 26 May 2018
Sydney – Monday 28 May 2018

Guest Speakers from overseas and our own shores share their wealth of knowledge. Dyslexics often portray a combination of difficulties. This event allows us to share this plethora of information, whether it be reading, writing, spelling, co-ordination, concentration, processing, mathematics, study skills, organisational skills or self-esteem difficulties.

For more information go to: http://www.learningdifferenceconvention.com

 

The Australian Dyslexia Course

Presented by Michelle Hutchison and Daryl Greaves this is a Professional Development Opportunity 

You will be empowered with a deep understanding of Specific Learning Disorders with a focus on Dyslexia. You will have a handle on all of the latest in international research.You will be equipped with practical approaches and teaching strategies. These reasonable adjustments and specific teaching techniques you will be able to use straight away!

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SPELD PD events

See individual state SPELD websites for information regarding relevant PD in the area of learning difficulties in each state.
For State SPELD contact details go to http://auspeld.org.au/state-associations

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Past Professional Learning

Past Professional Learning Events 2018

Leaving nothing to chance
How Explicit Instruction can prevent early literacy difficulties
Professional Learning for Prep-Year 2 Teachers, literacy co-ordinators and administrators
: Tuesday 20th March, 2018
Dr Lorraine Hammond & Brooke Wardana present an all-day seminar in Sydney on Tuesday 20th March on Explicit Instruction. Explicit Instruction gives struggling students an academic advantage when learning to read. This approach leaves nothing to chance and does not make assumptions about skills and knowledge that children will acquire on their own. In Australia, the National Inquiry into Teaching Literacy (2005) recommended the importance of systematic, direct and explicit phonics instruction so that children master the essential alphabetic code-breaking skills required for foundational reading proficiency. 

Identifying and addressing the needs of students with ASD and ADHD

Dr Anna Bortoli presented on Sunday 18th March to members and other interested parties regarding  understanding the commonalities and differences between ASD and ADHD, and evidence-based learning strategies to support the learning of students with ASD and ADHD

Past Professional Learning Events, 2017

Why teachers of English spelling need to be experts in the sounds of speech.
Presented by Dr Bartek Rajkowski  - Sunday 22 October 2017

Have you ever told a student that a word is spelled a certain way because English is weird? Do you sometimes struggle to find an explanation for the spelling of a word?  In this workshop, Dr. Bartek Rajkowski outlined that written English has an undeserved reputation for being illogical! He explained why English words are spelled the way they are, and why teaching kids to read and spell requires us to be experts in understanding the relationship between English speech sounds and spelling.

August 2017, Professor Maryanne Wolf returned to Australia with LDA in Sydney, Perth, and Adelaide
From the Lab to the Classroom: New Directions in Dyslexia Research

LDA was again honoured to host Professor Maryanne Wolf, internationally acclaimed reading researcher, Director of the Center for Reading and Language and Associate Professor Child Development at Tufts University , who presented some of the most transformative studies in neuroscience-based research on dyslexia in the past two years, highlighting the translation of findings into insights for the classroom.

The half day Sydney session was in conjunction with SPELD NSW.

The Perth Session also featured Dr Wolf was joined by: Dr Lorraine Hammond, President of LDA, Senior Lecturer and Researcher School of Education Edith Cowan Universityand Ray Boyd, Principal West Beechboro Primary School, and, Jared Bussell and Jordan O’Sullivan, Dawson Park Primary School

What’s working in WA schools to prevent and support students at risk of literacy based learning difficulties

The Adelaide Session, Supported by the SA Department for Education and Child Development and in conjunction with SPELD SA and Dyslexia SAalso featured: Dr Lorraine Hammond, President of LDA, Senior Lecturer and Researcher School of Education Edith Cowan University

How to change teachers’ practice to better support students at risk of literacy based learning difficulties

 

LDA & SPELD Vic presented:

Navigating VCE with a Specific Learning Difficulty (SLD) 
With Kristin Anthian, on 31 May 2017 at Swinburne University, Hawthorn, Vic
This PD provided an overview to assist students with SLD, including dyslexia on how best to manage their journey through VCE

 

Dr Lorraine Hammond and Brooke Wardana - 16 May 2017 The Hills Grammar School, Sydney
Leaving Nothing to Chance: How Explicit Learning can prevent early literacy difficulties

This practical seminar for Prep-Year 2 teachers, literacy co-ordinators and administrators, will present and demonstrate how Explicit Instruction gives struggling students an academic advantage by not making assumptions about which skills and knowledge children may acquire on their own, the planning of instructional sequences, the challenges for schools, and how to deliver Explicit Instruction in the areas of reading, writing, and spelling.

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This event is now closed.

Presented by Dr Lorraine Hammond and Brooke Wardana

Explicit Instruction gives struggling students an academic advantage when learning to read. This approach leaves nothing to chance and does not make assumptions about skills and knowledge that children will acquire on their own. In Australia, the National Inquiry into Teaching Literacy (2005) recommended the importance of systematic, direct and explicit phonics instruction so that children master the essential alphabetic code-breaking skills required for foundational reading proficiency. In Western Australia, Louden (2015) investigated high performing primary schools in socially disadvantaged suburbs and found that these schools taught synthetic phonics in the early years in an explicit, systematic and direct way. With many schools in Australia introducing an explicit approach to literacy, this practical seminar will outline the challenges for schools, what’s involved in planning instructional sequences and how to deliver Explicit Instruction in the areas of reading, writing and spelling in the early years.

 

Past Conferences, Seminars & Workshops

Past Professional Learning Events, 2017

Past Professional Learning Events. 2016

Past Professional Learning Events. 2015

Past Professional Learning Events, 2014

Past Professional Learning Events, 2013

Victorian Workshops 2012

Sir Jim Rose visit 2009

Past Conferences 1996-2008

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